Mother Duck Has Abandoned Her Nest

I noticed this morning that a mallard hen made a nest in my backyard. This afternoon I had a yard service put mulch down. When I got home the duck was gone and the eggs were covered with mulch. I uncovered them and I really hope she'll come back! Do you think she will return? How long will the eggs be OK without her setting on the nest?


By Monte from Overland Park, KS

March 24, 20110 found this helpful
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I don't really know, but I suspect she's gone for good. That was a lot of disruption for her nest. I don't think the eggs will survive for very long without her heat.

We went out to eat last night, and they've put a little "river" through this shopping area. When we were leaving, I noticed a goose was sitting very intently behind a large rock/stone. I suspect she was sitting on a nest. Not a very good place to pick, considering how close it was to the parking lot & how busy the area is. We watched her for a little while, and I had to keep reminding my daughter not to try to get close, because I didn't want to scare Mama away. But I fear that others will not be so careful.

I think you'll just have to keep the area as quiet as possible, and watch & wait. Good luck!

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Anonymous Flag
April 5, 20160 found this helpful
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She won't return. I once disturbed a duck, while she was sitting on her eggs and she never came back, once she knows you've seen the eggs, she won't come back.

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March 25, 20110 found this helpful

I agree with Mrs. Story, I doubt she'll be back. In cases like this when we notice a nest, it's best to put off any yard work close to the nest and just leave it undisturbed. Maybe next year, she'll come back and you'll have a chance to protect her and see the little ones hatch :-)

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March 25, 20110 found this helpful

You could try to find out how to incubate the eggs yourself or contact a wildlife carer or vet

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March 26, 20110 found this helpful

I agree, please contact your local fish and wildlife office, they may have some ideas. Good luck

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Anonymous Flag
May 3, 20160 found this helpful

You shouldn`t ever touch a birds egg then she Probible won`t come back

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